Many companies are saving money with drug free workplace programs. Currently, 13 states have laws that provide a discount on workers compensation insurance to employers that implement a drug-free workplace program. This is a great way to have a safe, healthy and drug free workplace and increase your return on investment with this program.
- Alabama- §25-5-330 – Provides a 5 percent discount to employers that establish a drug-free workplace in compliance with the act.
- Arkansas- §11-14-101 – Employers with drug-free workplace programs may qualify for a 5% discount on workers’ compensation premiums.
- Florida- §440.102 – Provides a 5 percent reduction in premiums to employers that implement and maintain a certified drug-free workplace program in accordance with the standards set forth in the Act.
- Georgia- §33-9-40.2 & §34-9-410 – Provides a 7.5 percent discount on workers’ compensation premiums to employers that have implemented a drug-free workplace program that is certified by the state Board of Workers’ Compensation.
- Hawaii- §431:14-103 – Provides a discount of at least 5 percent on premiums to employers that maintain an effective safety and health program.
- Idaho- SB 1119 – Provides that public employers who conduct drug and alcohol testing of all current and prospective employees shall qualify for and may be granted an employer Workers’ Compensation premium reduction.
- Kentucky 803 KAR 25.280 – Employers that implement a drug-free workplace program may be eligible for a 5% reduction of their insurance premium.
- Mississippi- §71-3-201 – Provides for a 5 percent reduction in workers’ compensation premiums to employers that establish a drug-free workplace program.
- Ohio – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has the Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) – a basic level program with a 4% discount and an advanced level program with a 7% discount.
- New York Part 60 of Sect. 134 – WC Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Incentive Program. Separate credits are provided for safety, return or work, and drug and alcohol prevention. Maximum credits of 10% the first year and 6% thereafter.
- South Carolina- §38-73-500 – Provides 5 percent discount on workers’ compensation premiums to employers that voluntarily establish a drug-free workplace program.
- Tennessee- §50-9-101 – Provides 5 percent discount on premiums to employers who establish a drug-free workplace program.
- Virginia- §65.2-813.2 – Provides a 5 percent premium discount for employers who institute a drug-free workplace program.
Implementing a drug-free workplace program will save you money by reducing your workers’ compensation insurance premium, reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity. Always look at implementing a drug free workplace policy before implementing drug testing of your employees. The policy will help you avoid exposure to liability.